Scenes From a Secret World

Director: Amalie Atkins

Wednesday Mar 22nd

  • 16mm
  • Saskatoon
  • 2011
  • 8:04

In a dream world where wolves hang apples on trees in the night and deadly snakes swim in the grassy fields below, our heroin nurtures and revives the natural world and its inhabitants. A picturesque prairie landscape is magically infused with felt clad creatures that she waters, defends, and sews it back to life with the most delicate of gestures.

First screened in 2011, Scenes from a Secret World is one of many films to come out of Atkin’s multidisciplinary practice, which includes fabric-based sculpture and performance. After graduating from the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary she moved East to what has become her long-term home of Saskatoon. When approached about her film she exclaimed: “I love the 100$ film fest! It's what got me started down this path.” A wonderful revelation given that her colorfully magical aesthetic has endeared its way into the Contemporary Canadian Art spotlight. 

Recognized in National and International exhibitions including the collection of Canadian Art making up MASS MoCA’s Oh, Canada in 2014, Atkins has collected a long list of accolades stemming from her numerous solo and collaborative exhibitions. Her films have shown in festivals across Canada, in Berlin, and in New York, bringing with them her immersive curiosities and interpretations about the cosmos, nature, the human condition, and memory, set against the vast and vibrant